Mission


Our mission at New Discoveries Early Learning Center is to provide education and care for infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children. New Discoveries Early Learning Center believes in a nature based approach to education that fosters each child’s sense of wonder as they explore learning opportunities.

Our goal is for children to arrive each day excited to learn and play with their peers and their supportive teachers. We strive for parents and caregivers to effectively engage in their careers each day with confidence their children are well cared for and happy.

New Discoveries Early Learning Center

Our Philosophy


At the heart of our curriculum is an emphasis on educational experiences both outside in nature and in the classrooms with natural learning materials. Our program offers extended outdoor learning periods allowing our students time to understand the natural world and establish a sense of self within it. The children are invited to participate in environmentally friendly practices such as recycling materials and caring for plants in the nature playground.

New Discoveries Early Learning Center believes children learn best through play, facilitated interaction with one another and exploring with a sense of wonder and curiosity. The students are empowered to discover and investigate new concepts, ask questions and collaborate with one another. This inquiry-based approach focuses on the journey of the learning process and helps children grow into problem-solvers, observers and critical thinkers.

New Discoveries Early Learning Center

Classrooms


New Discoveries Early Learning Center

Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum is developed by our talented teachers to incorporate the following guidelines:

Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers
Developed by the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children/ Department of Early Education and Care

Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences
Early Childhood Advisory Council to the Massachusetts Board of Education

Guidelines for Excellence
Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs
North American Association for Environmental Education

Infant Classroom

New Discoveries Early Learning Center infant classroom is a warm, inviting space designed to have all the comforts of home. We accommodate each individual infant’s schedule and work closely with parents and caregivers to modify schedules as each child quickly grows and changes over the first 15 months of life. The curriculum is designed to target the development of each infant as they grow physically, cognitively, socially/emotionally, and develop language and communication skills.

Infant curriculum at a glance

As the babies play with musical instruments and engage in interactive play they are developing imitation, fine motor, and gross motor skills. Daily story time supports language development such as cooing, babbling and saying baby’s first precious words. Teachers may be found on the floor playing peek-a-boo with infants helping them understand the concept of object permanence. Infants may be safely exploring the classroom materials and learning about different colors, textures, shapes, and sounds.

Toddler Classroom

New Discoveries Early Learning Center Toddler room offers a structured schedule and allows time for students to explore, imagine, and interact with the world around them. Curriculum is thoughtfully planned to target specific learning concepts in the areas of physical, cognitive, language, and social/emotional development.

Toddler curriculum at a glance

As the seasons change from summer to fall teachers plan a unit about colors. During circle time the toddlers listen to a story about the leaves turning from green to red, yellow, brown and orange. While outside a toddler points to a changing leaf and shouts, “red!” He begins to happily collect all of the red leaves around him forming a pile. While engaged in play the child is expanding his language skills in a meaningful way by exploring and labeling the red leaves. A teacher offers the child a magnifying glass. As he examines the leaf more closely he notices the lines, bumps and edges. Science and technology are integrated as the child uses a magnifying glass to explore similarities and differences between the leaves including color, shape, smell and texture.

Preschool Classroom

Our goal for all students is to develop a love for learning during their time at New Discoveries. We strive to foster inquisitive thinking, imaginative play and a sense of excitement while discovering something new and wonderful. We want children to learn their strengths and how to utilize them as they continue to grow in life and in their academic endeavors. Kindergarten prerequisite skills are thoughtfully woven into curriculum development in the areas of language arts, math, science, technology, engineering, history and social science, health education and the arts.

Preschool curriculum at a glance

On a warm and sunny spring day, a bird sitting on a branch sets sail into the clear blue sky. A curious child observing from the playground below begins asking questions, “Where does the bird live, what does it eat, does it have a family?” Other students join in the conversation and offer their ideas forming a group with a common interest. The teachers record data on their conversations to document growth in social interactions, language development and cooperative play. Students begin collecting sticks to build a bird nest of their own, working together to create a product, evaluate it and improve upon their ideas. This activity incorporates math and engineering skills. Bird observations continue throughout the year allowing the children to draw from their prior experiences, observe new information and expand their knowledge.


Staff


Owner and Director

Lorraine Miles and is the Owner and Director of New Discoveries Early Learning Center. She has two young children who are her motivation for opening this school. As a working parent she understands the importance of balancing a career while ensuring the best care and education for her little ones.

Her experience in education over the past 14 years includes directing childcare centers, teaching in special education and consulting as a behavior analyst. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Lorraine Miles
Samantha Leone

Music and Theater Coordinator

Hello, my name is Samantha Leone and I am the Music and Theater Coordinator for New Discoveries Early Learning Center. I plan and implemet a music and movement program for all age groups. I will spend time in each of the individual classrooms throughout the week engaging the kids with song, dance and creativity.

My education is in music theatre performance, stage makeup, and management. I have three years of experience teaching musical education to children for a live music program and seven years as a private nanny providing care for infants through pre-school and beyond. I am so thrilled to be part of the team at New Discoveries and can’t wait to share my love of music and art with your children.


Contact Us


New Discoveries Early Learning Center is now taking email inquiries from interested families. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Email: lmiles@newdiscoverieselc.com



North Andover Merchants Association
North American Association for Environmental Education
EASTERN REGION ASSOCIATION OF  FOREST AND NATURE SCHOOLS
National Association for the Education of Young Children